APS Values

Alexandra Park School's Values

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School is about more than exam results; we educate the whole student.

When we say goodbye to students at the end of their time with us we hope that they are well-rounded individuals, confident about their futures, with the skills to achieve on their chosen paths. To ensure this, we actively teach values and characteristics that we believe will help them during their time at school and later in life.

Resilience is the ability to deal with setbacks and the capacity to push on through difficulties to complete tasks. At school and beyond, this characteristic can be the difference between success and failure. It can be encouraged and must be practised. Those who throw themselves into tasks, without the fear of failure, often gain the most from them. By doing and succeeding, we build our confidence. Sometimes we need to be fearless in order to start a task, particularly something that is new to us: we must have a sense of adventure and the desire to try something challenging.

One of the goals of education is to give students independence so that they can flourish on their own. The first step on this road is to take responsibility for your own learning and, rather than waiting to be shown something, take the initiative and find out for yourself. The best learners show drive; they are independent and motivated, with high ambitions for their work. Longer-term ambitions usually begin with the spark of interest in something. Finding this spark is part of the school experience.

Being organised is more than just remembering what you need to bring to school, planning your time and completing tasks by the due date. It is about having systems of thought that will allow you to structure essay responses and see your way through a task.

We are using the word creativity to mean more than the conventional definition of artistic endeavour. Creativity in finding new ways to accomplish tasks and innovation in finding solutions to difficult problems can differentiate us from our peers. These skills can be developed in all subjects. After the uniformity of the school experience, life is likely to be varied and changing. Being ready and willing to adapt to new situations is a valuable skill.
Whilst learning is a goal in itself we are judged by what we produce. The care, patience, diligence and desire to perfect a piece of work are summed up in a sense of craftsmanship.

Learning new things requires an interest in the world outside of your immediate life. A sense of inquisitiveness and curiosity makes this easier. Whilst some people are naturally curious, others must make an effort. However, it is its own reward. Learning new things opens up new worlds and our curiosity grows.

Whilst being happy may not be as simple as making a decision to be happy, we can find ways to be positive, work out what makes us happy and practise other characteristics that will help us be happy: gratitude, kindness and open-mindedness. Positivity is also about enthusiasm and willingness; a recognition that whilst there may be other things that you would rather be doing right now, you will get the most out of something if you commit to it whole-heartedly. Hard work is much more rewarding if you are enthusiastic about your subject!

Empathy and consideration, the ability to understand the feelings of others and modify our responses with those feelings in mind, are qualities that may not help earn academic grades or get us to university but will be essential to our success in every other aspect of life.

APS Values Reporting

A sample Values report is shown below. All teaching staff contribute to the values report based on observation of each value during class activities and interactions. Individual staff contributions are averaged to create the report you receive.

APS Values Reporting table1


Key Stage 4 Transition Evening Follow-up

Many thanks to the 200+ parents who attended this meeting on Tuesday 11th July. Your obvious commitment to helping your children is the most important support they will receive. We have read the impressive range of ‘barriers to success’ that you identified. These ranged from the more obvious - social media, parties, exam stress etc. through to the more individual: ‘Love Island’ and ‘thick parents’ being interesting ones! 

From personal experience,  a book about teenage behaviour that some parents may find useful is: Get out of my life by Tony Wolf and Suzanne Franks  

Please negotiate for and encourage the following in September:

  • A positive and inquisitive attitude – these are amazing subjects taught by passionate teachers. Discuss their subjects with them – ask them to teach you.
  • A healthy lifestyle – sensible bed times (without phones) good breakfasts and regular physical activities.
  • Clear homework routines and an organised bag and work space.
  • A robust attitude to attendance.  If in doubt – always come to school. Aim for 100%.
  • Sensible and safe social lives. In the past, the school has had to deal with the fall-out from large unmanaged parties, mixed sleep-overs, students without sensible curfews etc. Teenagers will often say that “all their friends are allowed to do something”. This is rarely true.
  • A supportive attitude towards school rules. Encourage your children to see the reasoning behind rules associated with uniform, behaviour, punctuality etc. We aim to ensure the safety and happiness of students from many different backgrounds. All the school rules are designed to help this happen.

The information from the Key Stage 4 Evening can be found below:

Key Stage 4 transition - English presentation pdfpdf pptxpptx
Key Stage 4 transition - Maths presentation pdfpdf pptxpptx
Key Stage 4 transition - Science presentation pdfpdf pptxpptx
Key Stage 4 transition - Wellbeing presentation pdfpdf pptxpptx
Key Stage 4 transition - Access Arrangements pdfpdf pptxpptx


GCSE Science Live!

Inspiration from World Class Scientists at GCSE Science Live!

Some of the best British scientists from all fields demonstrated the wonders of the universe in a series of seminars at the GCSE Science Live! event this term.  We were lucky enough to have 35 year 10 science students participate and learn about cutting edge embryology from Professor Lord Robert Winston as well as explore the possibilities of worm holes from BBC4 presenter and eminent physicist Professor Jim Al-Khalil.  All students were inspired by the presentations, shich also included some top exam advice from a senior examiner.  Indeed, Jade from 10R said

It was great! Very informative.  I learnt a lot about what I should and shouldn't write and do in my Science exams.

  Abby, also from 10R, added

I enjoyed the physics talk about worm holes and space.  It was a great experience and I'm glad I went.

A truly inspiring day for our future science leaders!

Other students commented...

Fun and informative. Gotta love Trilobites.Temmuz, 10R
I really enjoyed Robert Winston’s talk on fertility. It was extremely inspirational and his passion for his field of work was contagious.Maya, 10S
I really enjoyed the talk about time travel. I did not realise it was even a possibility and it was very excitingAthena, 10S
The experience was sensationalDiyar, 10k
I enjoyed hearing other people’s view points on the topics addressed and seeing how people think about things in a different way to how I doValerie, 10S
I had a lot of fun on the trip. I also enjoyed thinking about space and time travel.Jade, 10R
I learnt a lot of mildly upsetting facts about the female reproduction processSaskia, 10k
I never knew that trilobites were so important to finding out the structure of our planetAran, 10S
I learnt a lot about how IVF was created and it was very interesting.Giulia Lo Iacono 10x
I learnt a lot about space travel and space exploration programmes that I didn’t know even existedHollen, 10X
I found it very interesting. I was especially intrigued by the theoretical concepts of time travel and found Dr. Robert Winston very entertaining.Jim, 10L
I enjoyed the trip quite a lot with most of the speakers being very intriguing and teaching me new things or things I did know in greater detail for example, space travel and the actual journey of the sex cells. What really added to the trip was the location we were in, the theatre was quite grand and the seats were very comfortable to sit in for long periods of time.Christopher, 10E
The trip was very informative and interesting. I especially enjoyed the presentation about space travel and the IVF process.Alicem, 10E
The trip was extremely informative. I especially enjoyed Robert Winston’s talk on genetic diseases and Jim al-Khalili’s discussion of whether time travel is possible.Anas, 10X